Jerimiah "J.J." Moen, 29, dies during boxing match

Categories: Sports, Tragedy
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At left, Moen leaves the ring after winning a fight last March.
Jerimiah "J.J." Moen, the 2012 Golden Groves Tri-state champion, collapsed after the first round of a Saturday afternoon super-heavyweight boxing match against Matt "Bubba" Fowler in East Grand Forks. He lost consciousness in the ring and never regained it before being pronounced dead Wednesday.

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Moen's trainer says there wasn't a particular forceful punch that led to Moen's collapse. Later reports indicate that coming into the fight, Moen had "serious" undiagnosed brain trauma.

From the Star Tribune:
"He was into his jab, moving around" during the first of what was to be a three-round bout, [Eddie Obregon, Moen's longtime trainer, said]. "When the bell rang, he stumbled to his corner and turned to the corner man."

It was then, the Grand Forks trainer continued, that the corner man said to Moen, " 'Are you OK?' "

" 'I think I'm done,' " Obregon said his boxer responded.

While still on his stool, Moen's legs started to quiver, Obregon said. "I called for the doctor" assigned to the bout, he added, and numerous other medical professionals came to the boxer's aid as he lay sprawled on the canvas. A call to 911 was made within a minute of the fighter going down...

The previous ring death in Minnesota occurred in February 1994, when 156-pound amateur Donell Lindsey took several blows to the head and collapsed in the third round of a bout in St. Paul [he was later determined to have died from traumatic brain injuries]. Like Moen, Lindsey never regained consciousness.
The Forum News Service details what doctors later learned about the state of Moen's brain going into the fight:
[Mike Sweeney, J.J.'s uncle] said the family learned that Moen had "serious trauma" to his brain from previous injuries, including concussions.

"We don't know if it was from boxing or other things," he said. "In no way is anyone blaming anybody. Nobody foresaw this. Obviously this will open the eyes of everyone in boxing that maybe they've got to have maybe a little more testing and things like that."
Moen, who weighed just over 200 pounds and was wearing the headgear required for amateur boxers during his last bout, leaves behind a fiancée.

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Lothario69
Lothario69

Did Fowler still get the win? He should if he didn't. Fowler still knocked out Moen.

Wendy Swerdlow Pederson
Wendy Swerdlow Pederson

The article doesn't mention that JJ donated his organs. That's why he passed Monday rather than Sunday. It's a really amazing family.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

hypocritical, and probably the reason the kid wants to box in order to impress his mom ^

Leticia Moreno
Leticia Moreno

my son has been bugging me for almost a year to let him box. I won't. I told him I don't need him getting punched in the head and walking around with concussions. let alone die! I love boxing, I love watching it. but its not ok for my boys to do.

MegLink
MegLink

@Leticia Moreno Hello, my name is Megan, I am the fiancee of Jerimiah. What happened to him should never deter someone from taking up the sport. What happened to him happened because of negligence on the part of the physicians and officials. The Combative Sport Commissions rules and regulations unfortunately do not apply to amateur boxing even though I believe they need more protection than professionals. If there were stricter rules about checking for concussions this would not have happened. If someone takes up the sport they need to be aware of the dangers of it but also know they are able to protect themselves from such tragedy. JJ learned a lot from boxing, discipline, respect and the benefits of taking care of himself. I would hope you give your son the opportunity to box but find out if your state has rules in place to protect him as well.

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